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Bela Lam & Family: Poor Little Benny

1920's

Bela Lam & Family: Poor Little Benny

Bela Lam & Family: Poor Little Benny - 1920's

Virginia native Zanddervon Beliah Lamb, renamed Bela Lam by Okeh Records, performs the song Poor Little Benny with wife Rose Meadows. With Bela’s brother-in-law Paul and son Alva, they became local favorites near the Blue Ridge Mountain region in the 1920’s, eventually being called to New York City to record six songs. Influenced by the […]

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Louis Jordan: You Gotta have a Beat

1940's

Louis Jordan: You Gotta have a Beat

Louis Jordan: You Gotta have a Beat - 1940's

In this film, Louis Jordan is going to school you on the difference between now and then, between yesterday and today, between the new and the old. Even back in the 1940’s, this ingenious musician, lyricist and performer, Louis Jordan, had it right. To this day, no one still could disagree & Today You Gotta […]

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Martha Davis & Her Spouse

1950's

Martha Davis & Her Spouse

Martha Davis & Her Spouse - 1950's

It’s clear that Martha Davis wears the pants in this relationship. Influenced by the great Fats Waller, she and her husband, bassist Calvin Ponder, who would later play with Earl Hines, performed in nightclubs across Chicago.

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Gordon Terry: It Ain’t Right

1959

Gordon Terry: It Ain’t Right

Gordon Terry: It Ain't Right - 1950's

Gordon Terry performs his hit song ‘It Ain’t Right’ live, backed by the great Billy Mize and the equally talented Cliff Crofford. Another clip documenting the birth of authentic rockabilly.

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Louis Jordan: How Long Must I Wait for You

1940

Louis Jordan: How Long Must I Wait for You

Louis Jordan: How Long Must I Wait for You - 1940's

Louis Jordan performs “How Long Must I Wait for You” with his Timpany Five. Considered by some to be no more than a long running novelty act, back in the day he battled Chick Webb and conceived lyrics with wit that rivals Dylan or any modern-day rapper.

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Ozark Jubilee Boys: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

1959

Ozark Jubilee Boys: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

Ozark Jubilee Boys: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - 1959

Ozark Jubilee Boys perform “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” live in this country tinged version of Jerry Lee Lewis’s rhythm & blues hit. Witness rockabilly in the making as this young western swing band goes rock & roll. According to Wikipedia – The origins of the song are disputed, but the writing is co-credited to […]

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Whistler’s Jug Band: Foldin’ Bed

1929

Whistler’s Jug Band: Foldin’ Bed

Whistler & His Jug Band: Foldin' Bed - 1929

Whistler & His Jug Band came up out of Louisville, Kentucky, and became the first recorded jug band, according to R Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country. They recorded at least twenty-one songs between 1924 and 1931. The names of the musicians remain unknown.    

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Ted Weems Orchestra

1930's

Ted Weems Orchestra

Flapper Chorus Line with Ted Weems Orchestra - 1930

You know you’ve made the Big Time when you’re leading a band that’s accompanied with a chorus line of perky flappers. But then again, if you’re Ted Weems in the early 1930’s, this is the life of a famous radio bandleader. Just another day at the beach on the Eastern Seaboard during the Jazz Age, […]

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